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In an election year, lobbying activity dropped by 30 per cent compared to 2018, but some staffers kept busy.
In an election year, lobbying activity dropped by 30 per cent compared to 2018.
News|By Beatrice Paez
'If you want to advance a file, it’s no longer enough for the governing party to be onside,' says Yaroslav Baran of Earnscliffe Strategy Group.
Lobbyists filed 772 reports last month, down from 972 in July, and from the 1,478 reports filed in June.
Opinion|Tim Powers
Even the most hardened egoists or masochists find it harder to see reward in political life. It is almost as if politics has become a virtual-reality version of video games like Mortal Kombat.
We have to ensure foreign policy is focused on finding common ground and interests to keep diplomacy alive. That requires experienced diplomats, strong alliances, and memberships in many organizations.
After railing against Bernie Sanders for years for his delay in endorsing her as the 2016 Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton couldn’t even bring herself to pledge her own support if he were to secure the party’s mantle.
Canada provided pivotal leadership and ideas in the past and it could definitely help again, with the promised Canadian Centre for Peace, Order, and Good Government being a step in the right direction.
Presumptive front-runner Peter MacKay announced he intends to march in Toronto's Pride Parade on June 28, a day after a new leader is elected.
Green Party MP Paul Manly says tensions in Wet'suwet'en territory reveal ‘political failure’ on the part of the federal government.
News|By Neil Moss
NDP MP Daniel Blaikie says it's worth taking 'a little extra time' to understand the 'full implications' of the new NAFTA, as well as to look at how Canada can improve its internal international trade process.
Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Tories have a mini critic shuffle after leadership candidates announce their runs, and Dominic LeBlanc is back in the House of Commons.
From heating pea soup by candlelight to snowboards on the streets, Parliamentarians reflect on ‘random acts of kindness’ and community that came with the massive clean-up effort.
Canada is the first head of mission posting for new Afghanistan Ambassador Mohammad Hassan Soroosh Yousufzai, whose predecessor left amidst controversy.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
It’s a crucial defining moment for the Democrats. The sometimes bitter splits in the volatile nomination battle hold serious risks for the party and could, despite everything, help put Trump back in office.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
The frightening fact is that as time marches on, the horrors of the Holocaust are being forgotten, diminished, and more and more frequently outright denied.
Opinion|By Dan Kraus
Government policy alone can’t solve habitat loss. No single corporation can change our course when it comes to the climate crisis. We need to work together towards a shared vision.
‘It would be a challenging project in a new build, but we’re trying to do it in an iconic heritage building, so there’s a technical challenge that’s quite significant,’ says PSPC’s Jennifer Garrett.
Opinion|By Julie Payette
The job of the Queen’s representative in Canada isn’t just ribbon cutting and tea at the palace.
News|By Mike Lapointe
'The situation is changing almost hourly and our public health system needs to be ready to adapt to any sudden change in the current situation,' says SFU's Kelley Lee.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
By keeping Donald Trump in the White House, the Republicans will disprove the theory that the corruption degrading American democracy is all about one man’s narcissism.
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
The Chinese doctors will do their duty, as always, but it would be nice if China had its political act a bit more together before then.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, former Liberal MP Matt DeCourcey has joined the political staff ranks post-election and is now a senior adviser to Finance Minister Bill Morneau.
The segregated approach is problematic for comprehensive health care and contributes to the stigma surrounding mental illness.
'It sends a positive message. It's very much akin to a manger leaving the door open,' says Conservative MP Dan Albas.
News|By Palak Mangat
'We don’t want to raise the political fire on this. We want to make sure that we’re all working together to show Canadians that this is being addressed,' says Conservative health critic Matt Jeneroux.
Opinion|By Eugene Lang
Ottawa should end Meng’s extradition process, and tell the Americans that Canada had no choice, in order to repatriate our hostages, writes Eugene Lang of Queen's University and fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs.
News|By Beatrice Paez
Whereas the government projected that 1.1 millions Canadians will no longer be paying federal taxes, the PBO puts that figure at 900,000. 
Plus, Health Minister Patty Hajdu says the risk of an outbreak of the coronavirus in Canada remains low.

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